YouTube video (just click the link and it will automatically fast-forward to the right time mark for you which is located at about 12 minutes 36 seconds)


Of, now, fundamental interest to us is such a program as I have here. Consider this block of wood.

I don't understand why he calls that piece of demonstration equipment a program. The word simply doesn't have such meaning.

Still picture from the video:

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  • He might've said problem - "задача". But it does sound like "program".. Sep 23, 2015 at 12:17
  • I think he means the (planned) section of the (broadcast) program. Sep 23, 2015 at 12:17
  • @DamkerngT. has the right of it. The program is the demonstration of the concept of stability using that wooden block.
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 23, 2015 at 12:23
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    BTW, this guy is great. An absolute exemplar of mid-20th-century science education in the US (which was one of the best aspects of the mid-20th-century US!). His word choice is a (pleasurable) study unto itself.
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 23, 2015 at 12:59
  • I believe he's using "program" in the sense "arrangement (of pieces, components, elements)". He uses it at 12:14 as well, and I don't think he's referring to the TV show but to the particular set of pieces arranged in a certain way in order to demonstrate the principle.
    – TimR
    Sep 23, 2015 at 14:10

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Merriam-Webster has a good definition that applies here.

program: a plan of things that are done in order to achieve a specific result

His plan is to stack the prepared blocks. The result is to show how the center of gravity is raised.

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